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Coming to the Ross Ragland Theater & Coming Attractions' Pelican Cinemas
The 5th annual Klamath Independent Film Festival will once again open at the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls, Oregon, with our Friday opening night dinner/gala festivities and our exclusive Oregon premiere of "No Man's Land", then carry over to Coming Attractions' Pelican Cinema on Saturday for the remainder of our feature films, and return to the Ragland on Sunday for our filmmaker/audience panels, short films, awards and final Q&A. The Ross Ragland Theater is an 800 seat, genuine Art Deco movie theater renovated beautifully to serve as Klamath Falls' cultural arts center, while Pelican Cinema completes our festival theatre experience with all your movie-going concessions and amenities.
This year the festival adds a features and shorts program from throughout the State of Oregon, and a special retrospective of animated shorts from employees of Oregon's own Oscar-nominated animation company, Laika Entertainment, in addition to our annual local/regional programming which also includes the California Counties on the Oregon border, as part of this multi-day Klamath cultural event.
Single Show Pass$8
Any show except the opening feature No Man's Land
'No Man's Land' Pass$12
Our exclusive feature/Oregon premiere of No Man's Land
Long Shorts, Pilgrim's Progress, Buzz One Four, Earth Seasoned, Shut Up Anthony
Laika Shorts, Statewide Shorts, Local/Regional Shorts, Awards, and Q&A
All of Saturday's and Sunday's shows/events
The full KIFF experience, including the opening night gala dinner and premiere of No Man's Land
Oregon Governor's Office of Film and Television
Klamath County Chamber of Commerce
Klamath Technology Services
Representatives from Southern Oregon Film and Media, Oregon Media Production Association, JOMA films, Governor's Office of Film and Television, filmmaker guests and filmmakers Ray Robison, Sean Nipper, and Brad Douglas at KIFF2016 opening night.
Help us kick off KIFF2017 with a full course dinner and dessert in the lobby of the beautiful Ross Ragland Theater. Many of our sponsors and filmmakers will be in attendance, so be sure to thank our sponsors and engage our filmmakers about their work.
The dinner will consist of bread, salad, chicken or egglant parmigiana (depending on your eating preference), and an Italian creme cake dessert provided by Gino's Cafe and Sports Bar. When you order your tickets, please note your meat or veggie preference on the ticket order form where indicated, or ask about an alternative if you have other dietary considerations.
Dinner will be followed by an introduction to the festival, and our opening feature film, "No Man's Land", an unfettered inside look at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation, directed by David Byars and produced by Oscar-nominated Morgan Spurlock.
Note: the Gala dinner with filmmakers and sponsors is via Festival Pass only. The Festival Pass is an all access pass for admission to all of KIFF2017. In addition, Festival Pass holders will get first seating at all shows, if they arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time.
Mature content: language
Join us for our opening night, exclusive feature film, the Oregon premiere of "No Man's Land" from Director/Cinematographer David Byars of New York, NY, and produced by Oscar-nominated Morgan Spurlock.
With unfettered access, Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protestors occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities. After the leaders of this occupation put out a call to arms via social media, the Malheur occupiers quickly bolstered their numbers with a stew of right-wing militia, protestors, and onlookers.
What began as a protest to condemn the sentencing of two ranchers quickly morphed into a catchall for those eager to register their militant antipathy toward the federal government. During the 41-day siege, the filmmakers were granted remarkable access to the inner workings of the insurrection as the occupiers went about the daily business of engaging in an armed occupation.
NO MAN'S LAND documents the occupation from inception to its dramatic demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement - the ideologues, the disenfranchised, and the dangerously quixotic, attempting to uncover what draws Americans to the edge of revolution.
The film will be preceded by a brief introduction to this year's Klamath Independent Film Festival
Runtime: 1 hour 22 min. + festival introduction
Mature content: language
Ex-boxer Evan Sanchez lives on the streets, haunted by headaches and failure. But when he runs into his ex-girlfirend, desperation drives him to try to get his life back. While hesitant to fight again, his street buddy sets up a winner-takes-all-bout at the local gym against the bullying homeless punk Ray.
Runtime: 18 min. 38 sec.
A refugee woman finds herself stranded in a foreign land estranged from her family and home. Relying on the kindness from a stranger she finds shelter on a small farm with an aging lonely man. Soon it is apparent that they need each other as his health declines. Together they form a beneficial bond as she fights through her post traumatic experience of her exile and the memory of her sister being stripped away from her.
Runtime: 14 min. 40 sec.
When two young boys find friendship in an unlikely place, they vow to be best friends for life. Take a journey with Patrick and Denver as they find the meaning of friendship and develop courage as they battle against the odds. Patrick and Denver will cause you to look inside and discover how we can help others around us. Courage of Two is a powerful story that is sure to warm your heart and show that a person can help to change the world, no matter their age. Based on a local true story.
Runtime: 31 min. 45 sec.
Pilgrim's Progress tells the story of Christian as he sets off on a journey to free himself from the burden of sin. Along the way he has many adventures, meets a cast of colorful characters, and develops an unshakable faith in his lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Filmed in Southern Oregon with a large volunteer effort, David West gets the most out of this musical adaptation of John Bunyan's classic allegorical novel.
Director David West is expected to be on hand for Q&A with the audience after the film.
Runtime: 1 hour 22 min. + introduction and Director Q&A
Crashed planes, lost thermonuclear bombs, and an Air Force cover-up: a filmmaker unpacks the secret history of how his grandfather nearly blew-up the eastern seaboard, and leaves us wondering if the United States was in greater danger of nuking itself than being attacked by the Russians.
Runtime: 1 hour + introduction
Diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyslexia, and short-term memory problems, Tori finds her greatest teacher in nature, spending a "gap year" living semi-primitively with four other young women in the Oregon Cascade Mountains.
Runtime: 1 hour 15 min. + introduction
Mature content: language, mild drug use
Closing our night of features is Kyle Eaton's comedy, Shut Up Anthony.
Anthony talks too much. A neurotic creative grinding out a living at a Portland ad firm, he loses his girlfriend, job, and dignity over the course of a few days. With nothing else to do, Anthony flees to his family's timeshare where he encounters Tim, an estranged family friend who happens to also be an alcoholic theology professor. The two are forced to share the space as they clash over relationships, religion, vodka, and coaster etiquette. Shut Up Anthony is a film about relationships, family dynamics, wrestling with religion, sobriety, and even survivor's guilt. But you know... it's also a comedy.
Director Kyle Eaton and lead actor Robert D'Esposito are expected to be on hand for Q&A with the audience after the show.
Runtime: 1 hour 33 min. + introduction and Director/lead actor Q&A
We are proud and honored to be able to present a special retrospective of animated shorts from current and recent animators employed by Oregon's own Oscar-nominated animation company, Laika Entertainment, the studio behind Coraline, Paranorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings.
Please note, while some of the shorts may appeal to children, some may not, and at least one short contains mature content. This program is not intended for children.
Overall runtime: 40 min. + introduction
A famous flying circus mouse reflects back on his humble beginnings in this high-altitude adventure in aerodynamics.
Runtime: 5 min. 48 sec.
A lab chimp bests his test.
Runtime: 1 min. 24 sec.
Kevin's sister is too grown up for the make-believe games that he and his friends like to play. When she tries to stop their cardboard box game, she discovers that the vital worlds of imagination have their own reality and are available to all ages.
Runtime: 6 min. 00 sec.
A portrait of a woman's life told through stop motion animation.
Runtime: 3 min. 39 sec.
Mature content: cartoon violence, mild drug use, brief nudity
A schizophrenic pickpocket scours the underground trains at the command of his inner demons. But when an accidental score reconnects him with a long-lost love, he must test his strength and defy the voices in his head. In the end, the quest for love proves the most meaningful endeavor of all, and the final cure for his sickness.
Runtime: 11 min. 15 sec.
In post-apocalyptic New York, a lone robot's only companion is a screw. But can this unusual friendship survive the threat of the terrible Gigaplant?
Runtime: 3 min. 42 sec.
A frog wakes up in a bag of mixed vegetables at a supermarket. A lady runs by and grabs the bag.
Runtime: 3 min. 12 sec.
The 1st scene of the stop motion animated adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's CALL OF CTHULHU.
Runtime: 3 min. 26 sec.
20 animators. One epic dance battle.
Runtime: 4 min. 01 sec.
A first for KIFF as we continue to expand, this year opens up to short films from around the state. This is a great opportunity for our audience and filmmakers to get exposed to films and filmmakers from outside the region. As with our other programs, there is something for everyone in this block...comedy, sci-fi, art films, documentary, animation, action, etc. Come see what the rest of Oregon is up to!
A number of the filmmakers are expected to be on hand for Q&A with the audience after the show.
Overall runtime: 1 hour 28 min. + introduction and filmmaker Q&A
Mature content: language, drug use
While his less-than-faithful girlfriend sleeps in the car, Theo watches two young lovers fondle each other in the parking lot of a gas station. As his tank fills, he is forced to reflect on a relationship gone wrong, and the unique position in which he now finds himself. He's stuck, and it's nobody's fault but his own.
Runtime: 14 min. 45 sec.
After several of his journalist colleagues were killed in Iraq, Ahmed Al-Zubidi applied for refugee status in the United States. This is a portrait of his family's new life through the eyes of his children.
This film was produced as a student project in the University of Oregon Master's in Multimedia Journalism program.
Runtime: 3 min. 34 sec.
Trav has never left his home town. He decides to use his 2 week vacation to walk out with nothing but a backpack and see what happens.
Runtime: 7 min. 27 sec.
Follow along as an ill-tempered sea monster, bent on world destruction, achieves one small victory during his ferocious rampage.
Runtime: 2 min. 02 sec.
Dredge mining occurred on the Middle Fork John Day River from 1939 to 1943. Tailings were leveled in the 1970s, but the river was locked into a ditch-like channel, lacking habitat and function.
Restoration of the mined section began in 2011. The last major construction effort was completed in 2016. Over two miles of salmon-bearing streams were treated and reconstructed to benefit both fish and other ecological processes.
Runtime: 8 min. 00 sec.
Mature content: comic violence
INCENDIO is the hottest dating app on the market. But when "the girl," a fiesty, hangry Brit finally shows, her mild-mannered date gives in to his passionate side. The night doesn't start well and it ends even worse. But will the couple kill each other, or fall in love trying in this over the top take on the highs and lows of online dating?
Runtime: 5 min. 54 sec.
Lily performs surgery on her favorite stuffed animal. Unfortunately, there are complications. Lily hides her deed from her mother. That night, she has a nightmare. Animated in stop-motion, her doll Sammy has a measle-ectomy. The next morning, Lily finds that Sammy has risen from the dead. Daddys are good for something.
Runtime: 9 min. 01 sec.
The story of what happened when an evangelical pastor opened the doors of his new church to the LGBTQ community.
This film was produced as a student project in the University of Oregon Master's in Multimedia Journalism program.
Runtime: 5 min. 08 sec.
A sunny day at the park takes a dark turn when a mysterious event marks the arrival of Eve, a young girl who may not be as innocent as she appears.
Runtime: 7 min. 50 sec.
We all put on an act to get ahead in life. Sometimes to a fault.
Runtime: 3 min. 00 sec.
Runtime: 3 min. 56 sec.
Mature content: language, violence, mild drug use
A man accepts an opportunity from the cartel to rise up in the underworld while his forsaken lover delivers cruel moral lessons from behind the veil of contempt. That very night, the couple meets with unexpected visitors, Vietnamese immigrant brothers who are cast into the dark seas of American life. One particular brother's affection for the woman entangles him in her machinations and mayhem is visited upon the group. Around the corner from this chaos awaits a revelation that reveals the secret architecture behind their thin walls of reality.
Runtime: 17 min. 30 sec.
The program will be in two parts, with a brief intermission, and all festival winning films will be announced and awarded to the filmmakers after the show. Lastly, don't miss our last filmmaker Q&A of the night with feature and short filmmakers!
Overall runtime: 1 hour 43 min. + introduction, intermission, awards, and filmmaker Q&A
A short documentary about the life of rancher Joe Hurlimann who's lived on the same farm his entire life.
Runtime: 4 min. 00 sec.
In this 12 minute mockumentary short, The Deer Whisperer comes to the quaint, idyllic town of Ashland Oregon to solve the deer problem.
Runtime: 12 min. 30 sec.
Set in 1975, this is a story about three young boys making a movie together, but one of their decisions while filming might have a much more serious consequence than they realize.
Runtime: 5 min. 12 sec.
In the aftermath of a broken friendship, Simon writes one last letter in an attempt to move on from his good friend Isaac.
Runtime: 3 min. 09 sec.
Join us for the first installment of the chronicles of a doomed reality show that set out to record the first-ever dating show to feature a real-life vampire. Everyone vanished and only these tapes remain.
Runtime: 5 min. 39 sec.
A short documentary on the use of the camera frame in cinema.
Runtime: 2 min. 20 sec.
Mature content: language, cartoon violence
An Anime style American Western where the heroes drink vampire blood to become fast and strong enough to hunt vampires. The blood keeps them from aging too but all of this comes with a price as their bodies become addicted to the blood and they rapidly will die without it.
Runtime: 4 min. 22 sec.
An avid coffee drinker's desire for tranquility, leads him to unexpected endeavors.
Runtime: 3 min. 44 sec.
This is the story of how the Ashland community came together in these times when walls are being built to divide us from Mexico, to create a different kind of wall.
The film highlights the creation of this beautiful mural designed by a Mexican artist, that draws Ashland closer to it's sister city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Does art have the power to transform walls into symbols of unity rather than force of division?
Perhaps we can end the perception of separation by painting one wall at a time.
Runtime: 12 min. 50 sec.
This was an 'all-local' project (Ashland, Oregon, USA). Shot at Emigrant Lake, Ashland, Oregon, catching the beauty of the region on a cold February day. Produced by Greg Goebelt. The song is registered with BMI and is now available on iTunes. The band, a solo project by Greg Goebelt features guest stars: Jeff Pevar (guitarist for the stars), Shay Godwin (drummer for Andre Day), Bret Levick (producer) and Brent Daniels (soundscaping).
Runtime: 4 min. 00 sec.
A pesky invasive minnow has been given Oregon fits for 70 years. The state's efforts to eradicate it from an iconic trout lake in the Cascades has proven to been an exercise in tragicomic futility.
Runtime: 2 min. 39 sec.
Mature content: brief language
John fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut when he builds his own spaceship.
Runtime: 4 min. 16 sec.
"Whose Utopia?" begins to examine the constructs of opression and exclusion in Oregon. Through this project we can begin important conversations about what is really keeping us separate and how we can start to break down walls.
Since this film deals with heavy subject matter this film utilizes humor to draw the audience into these sensitive discussions. The personal heartfelt stories from interviewees, and the filmmakers own story help the viewers to connect to the ultimate human desire of wanting to fit in and feel accepted. In this way it will not be a story of one 'niche' group, rather a story for us all.
Runtime: 12 min. 01 sec.
Southern Oregon captured through time-lapse photography.
Runtime: 3 min. 02 sec.
This short screened online as part of a "film festival" on the Screen Junkies network, home the popular "Honest Trailers" videos. The idea was to make a short film featuring a spatula and the line, "I knew it was you."
Runtime: 3 min. 05 sec.
Mature content: violence
An unknown man is stuck in a non-stop loop of Carnage and Mayhem.
Runtime: 10 min. 17 sec.
A man remembers and feels regret after his lackadaisical and mean-spirited attitude has created tragedy.
Runtime: 4 min. 30 sec.
A short documentary about a family learning to live all together with their elderly mother.
Runtime: 5 min. 36 sec.
Running Y Ranch Resort is a full resort community located off Highway 140 West about 10 minutes out of Klamath Falls. Running Y features restaurants, a grocery store, the only Arnold Palmer designed golf course in the state, a covered outdoor ice rink in Winter, and more. The resort is upscale, but very reasonably priced.
15% discount for attendees who call in their reservation and mention the festival.
Holiday Inn Express is one of our newest lodgings, having been built within the last 10 years. It's location in the center of Klamath Falls provides easy routes to both our venues, as well as restaurants, gas, grocery and other shopping in central Klamath Falls.
$99 standard rooms and $109 suites for attendees who book through the rate link above.
Olympic Inn has been recently renovated, and is almost across the street from Holiday Inn Express, so it shares the same centralized access to our venues and Klamath Falls in general.
$99 single king and $119 double queen rooms for attendees who call in their reservation and mention the festival.
Shilo Inn is located just off Highway 97 in the Oregon Tech campus area. It is just down the street from Pelican Cinemas, and a pretty easy, though winding route to downtown where the Ragland Theater is situated. There is a gas statrion, McDonalds, Applebees, and Dutch Bros. coffee, right in the immediate vicinity.
We are still trying to obtain discounts from this lodger, but recommend a look nonetheless.
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